just plain sara: January 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

I get introduce art students to superheroes

I've been having a great time modeling at several art schools and colleges in my region. The instructor of one of the figure study classes was intrigued by my collection of costumes and asked me to bring one for the Tuesday class. This is a big departure from the figure modeling they're used to seeing. The students can use any medium.

Since I want to bring along something where I don't have to pack a ton of accessories, I'm just going to bring a generic suit along with a nice pair of boots. No wigs, belts, gloves, etc. This blue suit was made with the intention of selling it but I don't think a few hours of wear on a stage will degrade it in the least. It makes me think of the Ultimate Fantastic Four and Blue Lantern Corps. I really like it with the white go-go boots. I considered red ones but the white is a great contrast.

If you haven't checked, I've updated what I'm pretty sure is my 2011 convention schedule, http://www.amberunmasked.com/schedule/. I'm hoping that once my short stories are published I'll get to add some appearances at comic shops and book stores if there's any interest.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Blue Lantern design in DC Comics


Although I made this costume between 2009 and 2010 for one of my friends in the Who Wants to be a Superhero? fan club, Tech Support, it wasn’t until today that the Blue Lantern transformation became a headline in DC Comics....Dan Didio resumed his DC Nation letter in the back of all DC comic books this week. This time it featured Dan pictured with a large group of costumed fans in the various colored Lantern Corps uniforms. Some were based on existing characters while others, like Blue Lotus, were original.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Comics in the pipeline

[insert jokes about laying pipe here... aaaaand now continue]

1. First up is TORI BRIN, TEEN DETECTIVE - my comic short story about a quirky freshmen named Tori Brin that sets out to solve the mystery of who stole the answers to the English Literature exam. Hey, it's not rocket science but it's a fun young reader story to be included in the Creative Compassions project which raises money for the homeless. Art by JAY FIFE and ANDREW HARMON (both: Mary Monster). This project is taking quite a bit of time since everyone involved is squeezing in their work around their "real" jobs and actual lives. It will happen. We just don't know when.

2. Next up is HOLYOAK - Vivian Holyoak is a witch in her 20s that has lost her job and is about to lose her family's home if she doesn't figure out how to set things straight. With the help of her familiars and a ghostly grandmother, Vee does whatever it takes to preserve the Holyoak legacy. This is my comic short from the Comics Experience Intro to Comic Book Writing class under the tutelage of Andy Schmidt (IDW editor). Art by LANE MONTOYA. Expected release is April, 2011. (right: character roughs)

3. Finally, it's SLIM & POSH - my science fiction comic short about an overworked yet brilliant research scientist, Dr. Paul David who has to experiment on lab monkeys on a quest to cure obesity. It's science fiction; therefore the experiments yield some unexpected results. I wrote it as part of one of the monthly challenges in a comic writers’ workshop. This is to be included in an anthology project spearheaded by Shawn Atkins of Workshop13. If you’re interested in indie comics, see if you can join us at the Pittsburgh Indy Comic Society on facebook. Art by THOMAS BOATWRIGHT (Cemetery Blues, Zeke Deadwood). Expected release is April, 2011.

Friday, January 14, 2011

New Alice Gallery

You may have seen the tutorial for my DARK & STRANGE ALICE but now you can see a nice gallery of the finished dress.